Dentons law firm has advised GEM Capital Holdings on its all cash offer for the entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of Volga Gas plc, an AIM listed independent oil and gas exploration and production group operating in the Volga Region of Russia, which has now been declared wholly unconditional.
Dentons is a multinational law firm. Dentons was the world’s 5th-largest law firm by revenue, with $2.9B gross revenue in fiscal year 2019. The firm is called Dentons in all languages other than Chinese, in which it is called 大成.
GEM is a private limited liability company incorporated in Cyprus wholly owned by Anatoly Paliy which makes investments directly and through its subsidiaries in, inter alia, specialised chemicals, nanomaterials and technology companies.
In addition, Anatoly Paliy holds interests in several oil and gas assets. The takeover was noteworthy in that it was not recommended by Volga Gas’ Board but was structured such that the offer was not opposed by the Volga Gas Board either.
Thomas Keane, Director of GEM, said: “We are grateful to Dentons for their very helpful and pragmatic advice and hard work on the transaction”.
Neil Nicholson, partner in Dentons’ United Kingdom Corporate team who led on the deal, said, “We were pleased to support the GEM Capital Holdings team to help deliver a successful transaction in less than straightforward circumstances.”
Alongside Neil Nicholson, the Dentons team in London included Corporate senior associate Simon Mitchell, Corporate associates Joe Collingwood and Charlotte Uden and Corporate trainee Andrew Gallagher.